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Animal shelter faces administrative shuffle

Administrative changes could be in store for the Decatur Animal Shelter.

Danny Melson, director of the shelter, said Friday that the city wants to redefine job descriptions for seven positions.

Mindy Gilbert, a consultant for the Humane Society of the United States, is under contract with the city as a consultant to help guide construction of a new animal shelter on Beltline Road Southwest. She said she recommended changes to improve management and animal care.

Ronny Russell, the City Council’s liaison to the shelter, said he approves of the measure, saying the city’s previous focus was mainly on animal control.

“The new position responsibilities will also be equally distributed between field service, community calls, picking up animals, etc.,” Russell said, “and shelter management, animal care and building cleaning and maintenance.”

More employees

Gilbert said the measure isn’t adding additional employees.

Russell said one employee is retiring in March and another has transferred from the department.

The council is scheduled to discuss the changes during its Monday evening work session, and a vote could follow March 5.

Chris Paschenko

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